After work, I took off my standard work outfit- a high-wasted black skirt, three quarter sleeve sweater, and ballet flats and quickly pulled on my running shirt and shorts and laced up my running shoes. Today’s running schedule included a 12 mile run with my sister Michelle which I had high hopes would help prepare us to run a marathon a few months down the road.
My initial fear of what seemed like an impossible 26 miles had given way to liberation over the past several weeks of training. Running was incredibly freeing. Running was a way for me to push myself, feel accomplished, and intertwine exercise (which has always played an important role in my life) into my routine.
The idea to run a marathon came from a place of desire to feel like overcoming difficult challenges was very possible. For me, fitness provided an outlet for hope. In many ways I think that in my heart, I believed that if I could push my boundaries to the extreme and accomplish something that was completely unfamiliar to me, nothing, even my mom undergoing a second battle with cancer, was truly impossible. I held onto this notion so tightly that I became completely focused on running and living a healthy lifestyle.
Over an afternoon chat at my parent’s house, I used every possible persuasion technique I could think of and somehow, was able to convince my sister that she too, should run and train for the marathon with me. My sister is such an incredible person and completely supported me in this plan and goal. It was a blessing to have her there throughout the training process which in many ways was not only an outlet and source of encouragement and hope, but also a tool which brought my sister and I even closer than I ever thought possible.
Here are just a few reasons to train for and run a marathon with your sister (or best friend or a loved one)
1.You will understand each other's goals and experience the feeling of accomplishing them together, which is truly an amazing feeling!
2. You can follow the same training plan which means time allotted for the two of you each week to bond, talk, and spend time together doing something good!
3. You are in it together. The nutrition, the moments that are extremely challenging, the moments that are incredibly fulfilling...the strenuous training might leave you feeling exhausted, but you understand each other's struggles and can bond over talks of running gels, having a ravenous appetite, and which shoes make your feet feel best after 20 miles on the pavement.
4. You will share a process that while extremely hard, is also incredibly fulfilling and enjoyable! From sharing playlists and listening to the same music- to the feeling after a hard day of training and how amazing food would taste thereafter-running with a partner means you can encourage each other to be the best versions of yourselves, accomplish a goal that might have seemed impossible and foriegn, and gain a passion for fitness.
From the Author
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